Telangana floods: 'Foreign hand' behind cloudburst, says CM KCR; BJP calls it 'Joke of the century'
"Some foreign countries are deliberately doing cloudbursts in our country. Earlier, they did it in Leh (Ladakh). Later, they did it in Uttarakhand. We have received 'gloomy, gloomy' information that they are doing in Godavari basin also," Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said.
Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday cited he has "gloomy" information that there may be a suspected "foreign hand" behind the cloudbursts in some parts of the country, including the Godavari river basin which is in spate in the state. Speaking to reporters after visiting the flood-hit Bhadrachalam town in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district, Rao announced allocation of Rs 1,000 crore as a rehabilitation package for the temple town to build colonies in highlands for a permanent solution from flood threat.
"A new method called cloudburst has come. They say there are conspiracies around it. We don't know how far it is true. Some foreign countries are deliberately doing cloudbursts in our country. Earlier, they did it in Leh (Ladakh). Later, they did it in Uttarakhand. We have received 'gloomy, gloomy' information that they are doing in the Godavari basin also. Whatever it is due to changes in climate these kinds of calamities occur. So, we need to safeguard our people," said Rao, popularly known as KCR.
Heavy rains in Telangana may continue till July 29
The current situation reflects the effects of incessant rainfall. As per the meteorological department and some private forecasters, this (heavy rains) situation may continue till July 29. So, the danger is not over yet, Rao said, after reviewing the flood relief measures with officials.
He directed the officials to not send back people from relief camps adding "we have to take care of them".
'Joke of the century': BJP reacts to KCR's comments on cloudbursts
Reacting to KCR's comments on the cloudbursts, Telangana BJP president and Karimnagar MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar described it as the "joke of the century".
Sanjay said in order to cover his "failures", KCR was enacting dramas. The Telangana BJP chief further alleged that KCR is trying to divert people's attention from "submergence" of Kaleshwaram project and talked about a foreign conspiracy theory.
Foreign conspiracy behind cloud burst in Godavari region says eminent scientist K Chandrashekhar Rao… Mamata Banerjee has tough competition.
These are the kind of excuses one makes when you don’t have a crop insurance scheme and don’t implement PM Fasal Bima Yojana either… pic.twitter.com/vlQh2qpxH3 — Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) July 17, 2022
Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President and party MP A Revanth Reddy demanded that if KCR has information about the "foreign hand" behind the cloudburst then he should hand over the information to the Intelligence Bureau, RAW, and also the Central government and this is the Chief Minister's responsibility.
Telangana CM KCR allots Rs 1,000 crore to end woes of flood-prone Bhadrachalam
Rao, after visiting the rain and flood-hit areas and relief camps, also announced Rs 10,000 immediate relief to each flood-affected family and 20 kg rice free for each family for the next two months. "That way we can help them a bit and we will do it," Rao said.
Rao announced Rs 1,000 crore to permanently solve problems of low-lying areas (due to flood) abutting the Godavari river in Bhadrachalam. In this regard, residential colonies will be constructed, an embankment covering the entire Sri Sitaramachandra Swamy temple in Bhadrachalam would be developed and the embankment towards Burgampadu will also be strengthened to prevent inundation in the future.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao traveled in a bus to visit the flood-affected areas and participated in a review meeting on Godavari floods at Bhadrachalam today pic.twitter.com/H7cnisGA64 — ANI (@ANI) July 17, 2022
Later, the Chief Minister undertook an aerial survey at Eturu Nagaram region in Mulugu district and also reviewed flood-relief measures there.
Heavy rains (recently) and inflows led to a massive rise in water levels in the Godavari river (though it started declining on Saturday) at Bhadrachalam town. Such massive water levels and flooding was last witnessed in 1986, some residents recalled.
The state government has shifted several thousand people to relief camps in view of the flooding in the district.
CM Sri KCR has undertaken the aerial survey of areas affected by #GodavariFloods from Bhadrachalam to Eturunagaram. Hon'ble CM has examined the Godavari River in spate and the villages inundated by the floods in one of the worst natural disasters #Telangana has seen. pic.twitter.com/5QwlLuV5VW — Telangana CMO (@TelanganaCMO) July 17, 2022
Some of the flood-hit people held a protest at Bhadrachalam on Saturday demanding that the bund at the river be extended to prevent flooding of their residential localities.
Heavy rains lashed Telangana for about seven days, up to Friday last, causing inundation of low-lying areas across the state and damage to agriculture crops and others.